She’s Got Style, She’s Got Grace, She’s a Winner

Wingnuts get very offended when you point out what will happen if their ideas are allowed to become reality:

Florida GOP Congressman Allen West this afternoon dispatched a scathing personal email to Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, calling her “vile, unprofessional ,and despicable,” “a coward,” “characterless,” and “not a Lady,” and demanding that she “shut the heck up.”

Wasserman Schultz, in whose neighboring South Florida district West lives, provoked his tirade with remarks after he left the House floor today, in which she responded — without naming him — to the Tea Party freshman’s support for “Cut, Cap, and Balance” legislation to raise the debt ceiling.

“The gentleman from Florida. who represents thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, as do I, is supportive of this plan that would increase costs for Medicare beneficiaries, unbelievable from a Member from South Florida,” Wasserman Schultz said, saying the legislation “slashes Medicaid and critical investments essential to winning the future in favor of protecting tax breaks for Big Oil, millionaires, and companies who ship American jobs overseas.”

Her criticism of the legislation — more or less what most Democrats are saying today — provoked a furious response. West copied members of House Republican and Democratic leadership on the email, as well as his chief-of-staff, Jonathan Blyth.

Thin-skinned bullies. Read the letter- I love the “say it to my face” bit. Didn’t some wingnut blog get pissy with me because I forgot to link them and they ranted about “say it to my face” because, you know, everything on the internet is face to face. I forget who it was, but it was funny.

Obama’s Gay Reign of Terror Continues

The man is completely filled with hate:

A day before the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to hold hearing on the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, the Obama administration has endorsed Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) legislation to repeal it. Responding to a question from Metro Weekly’s Chris Geidner, White House Press Briefing, Jay Carney said Obama was “proud to support the Respect for Marriage Act” to “take DOMA off the books once and for all.” “This legislation would uphold the principle that the federal government should not deny gay and lesbian couples the same rights and legal protections as straight couples,” he added.

Will he ever stop ruining the lives of Dan Choi and John Aravosis.

Still Not Getting It

The Politico:

There’s a narrative gaining traction in Washington as a debt crisis looms: House Republican hard-liners might soften their stance once they’ve gotten a vote on their Cut, Cap and Balance proposal.

But if that’s the case, the conservatives aren’t in on the plan.

While such a vote would usually be viewed as a chance to win some political cover for those who later agree to a more moderate deal, the idea of seeking cover out of a symbolic vote is foreign — if not outright offensive — to the new breed of House Republicans.

I know this is coming as a surprise to many in the beltway, but as we have noted before, the current GOP is filled with fanatics and imbeciles. They don’t have another plan after Cut, Cap, and Balance because they simply don’t think default will be a problem. They honestly are dumb enough to think that defaulting means cutting future spending. They simply do not understand that lifting the debt limit merely allows us to pay for what we have already spent. Those that aren’t that dumb are merely cheering it on because they think a Democrat will get the blame and because they think destroying our credit will cut down on “oppressive big government.” They simply do not understand how this will rock the entire nation. They are ignorant of how much of our financial system is tied to the treasury. They are indifferent about how this will impact every single person in the United States.

Again, we are dealing with fanatics. This is not news. These are people who think all sorts of crazy things- there is no climate change, a stem cell is a baby, the earth is only 6,000 years old, etc.- yet folks like David Brooks and Ross Douthat and the rest of the fluffers have been running rhetorical cover for them for years. Speaking of David Brooks, here is what he is up to today:

This week, Republicans will probably pass a balanced budget Constitutional amendment that has zero chance of becoming law. Then they may end up clinging to a no más Senate compromise. This proposal would pocket cuts that have already been agreed on, and it would eliminate leverage for future cuts and make them less likely.

It could be that this has been a glorious moment in Republican history. It could be that having persuaded independents that they are a prudent party, Republicans will sweep the next election. Controlling the White House and Congress, perhaps they will have the guts to cut Medicare unilaterally, reform the welfare state and herald in an era of conservative greatness.

But it’s much more likely that Republicans will come to regret this missed opportunity. So let us pause to identify the people who decided not to seize the chance to usher in the largest cut in the size of government in American history. They fall into a few categories:

Brooks understands how well and truly screwed we are and is making sure he doles out the blame ahead of time. He should stop pointing fingers and look in the mirror, because he’s one of the ones who helped strapped the explosive vests onto these fiscal suicide bombers.

House Freshman to Obama: “Not It!”

Are these people fucking kidding me with this?

We are being governed by incompetent and inflamed assholes:

A group of House GOP freshmen will appear at the White House tomorrow morning with a letter demanding the president present a written plan detailing his ideas for deficit reduction.

“Because you have not presented any written detailed proposal to raise the debt ceiling, our constituents are left in the dark as to what specific cuts you propose as well as what taxes you are planning to raise,” the letter, which was signed by 64 House Republicans, says.

I’m with Cole. We really are just screwed as a nation. You can bet your sweet ass that tomorrow the media will back these idiots who, as Lawrence O’Donnell pointed out last week, had never even heard the term “debt ceiling” before a couple months ago, and tell Americans that it’s Obama’s fault that these nutless dickwigglers can’t wrap their tiny brains around the global clusterfuck that will ensue if they don’t raise the fucking debt ceiling.

Fuck these people.

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Open Thread – Things that make Maggie Gallagher sad #342

From the website of the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation:

In an effort to partner tourism related opportunities with the passage of the Marriage Equality Act in New York State, the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. (NTCC), unveiled plans Friday to hold a group wedding ceremony on July 25 in Niagara Falls, N.Y., as well as a new ‘Rainbow Romance’ package on the agency’s reservation system.

The event, which is aimed at highlighting the passage of the marriage equality act, is expected to be one of the first official LGBT group wedding ceremonies in New York State. This wedding ceremony, being held at Niagara Falls State Park, will reinvent Niagara USA as a premier marriage and honeymoon destination, as well as translate to a tremendous economic impact for the regions tourism industry.

“According to Empire State Development, New York State would garner upwards of $400 million in economic benefits over a three-year period due to the passage of the marriage equality act,” said NTCC President and CEO John Percy. “Niagara Falls has long been considered a premier wedding and honeymoon destination throughout the world. Now, with the influx of a new demographic of romance tourists, Niagara USA will once again be viewed as the Honeymoon Capital, for all.”

The City of Niagara Falls clerk’s office has agreed to open its doors on Sunday July 24, which will allow couples to obtain their marriage license 24-hours in advance of the planned ceremony. The office hours will be set in the coming days.

The NTCC has coordinated with different partners in Niagara USA, to plan an event which will hosted on Goat island in Niagara Falls State Park free of charge to LGBT couples, on July 25 at 10 a.m.

The following is a breakdown of partners who have signed on to assist in the “First Official” group wedding ceremony in Niagara Falls.

Wedding Officiates will include: Pastor Marna Pritchard (First Congregational United Church of Christ), Rev. Terry Klime (Unitarian Universalist Church of Niagara), Hon. Kristen M. Grandinetti (City of Niagara Falls), Sally Fedell (The Falls Wedding Chapel)

Following the event there will be a cake and champagne toast at Niagara Falls State Park.

Harris & Lever Florists to provide flowers.

We are working with members of the Illumination Board to have the Falls be illuminated “Rainbow” colors the evening of July 24 and July 25.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said “This event, which will highlight Niagara Falls on an international level as a premier wedding and honeymoon destination, will serve as a tremendous economic shot in the arm for not only the area’s hotels and attractions, but for the florists, bakeries and restaurants throughout the city.” Dyster said. “Those who come here will see the efforts made by this administration in reinventing our downtown tourist district and be welcomed into a city that will once again reclaim its title as the honeymoon capital of the world.”

In addition, will feature a ‘Rainbow Romance’ package which can be booked on its online Reservation System, providing couples with a romantic getaway that including hotel, champagne, breakfast and the option of visiting Niagara USA’s most iconic and romantic attractions such as the Niagara Wine Trail and Maid of the Mist Boat Tour.

The NTCC is now in the process of reaching out to different LGBT organizations across New York State in hopes of attracting couples to Niagara USA for this event.

Welcome to the new normal, Maggie.

H/t: Joe my God